'Total Divas' Season 3, Episode 1 recap: Secrets and brides

'Total Divas' Season 3, Episode 1 recap: Secrets and brides

Nikki Bella avoids John Cena: Total Divas, Sept. 7, 2014

The Bella Twin gets her blood drawn at home, but she must hide the procedure from John Cena.

First off, the elephant in the room: Some … stuff has obviously  happened since "Total Divas" last convened, but Season 3 of E!’s reality hit kicks off in happier times, when all of our leading ladies existed in (relative) harmony.

There’s even a new Diva joining the fray this year! Rosa Mendes, who’s coming off a year-and-a-half sojourn to deal with personal issues, is making her return to the WWE fold, and, given her unpredictable personality, the Divas trust her about as far as they can throw her. Natalya is quickly wrangled into babysitting Rosa and facilitating her reintegration, and the task turns out to be a more delicate one than expected. Rosa crumbles into a teary mess after her subpar return match, but Natalya is able to defuse the proverbial self-destruction before it’s too late.

Photos from the season premiere |  Watch the replays on WWE Network

Next up is Eva Marie, whose relationship with Jonathan continues its one-step-forward-two-steps-back pattern with regards to her family. Though the extended clan seems to have warmed up to Eva’s husband – the prospect of a genuine wedding ceremony helps so much they barely even balk at the couple’s racy save-the-date photos – he’s sent back to the doghouse when they find the ceremony won’t be a Catholic one, as Jonathan attends a non-denominational church. Jonathan puts his foot down at the idea of converting to appease the in-laws, but when Eva finds out her father’s colon cancer, previously in remission, has returned, she promises to do all in her power to ensure a Catholic ceremony.

Watch Eva show her family the infamous photos |  Who are you most excited to see?

And finally, Nikki Bella decides to freeze her eggs as insurance of sorts in case John Cena stands firm by his no-kids policy for the duration of their relationship. (He does seem more open to the idea of marrying her now, though he holds his cards decidedly close to the chest when broaching the subject.) Nikki’s idea to hide the necessary injections from Cena is basically to stash them in the bathroom, but the big guy sniffs them out in a matter of seconds, and he doesn’t seem remotely pleased about it. To be continued …

Oh: And Summer Rae’s still shooting "The Marine 4" at this point, so she’s nowhere to be found yet, but it looks like Natalya’s going to fight her on the side of a road at some point when she does come back. Should be fun.

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